WWII 1940 Remnants of Shot Down Stuka Ju87 over Chichester

£380.00




A fascinating collection of parts of a Ju87 Sturzkampfflugzeug, (dive bomber) that was the iconic symbol of the Blitzkrieg.

The parts were recovered from a crash site of the downed two-man German dive bomber, at Whitehouse Farm, near Chichester, during the Battle of Britain. The pieces were subsequently mounted on a white board with the description of each piece. The board doesn’t have the date the Stuka was shot down, but we know from another board we are selling that it was the 18th August 1940. The parts consist of: Aluminium instrument holder from cockpit, rib (from wing), spherical cover with serial number, control linkage and an engine cable tubular conduit. The parts have been checked and are original to a Stuka. Condition is good, although we are obviously dealing with crash site relics. We are also selling a 2nd display board, separately, with more items from the downed Stuka.

At the beginning of WWII, the Ju 87 Stuka proved a devastatingly effective weapon capable of delivering precision bombing attacks against ground targets. The Stuka attacked at a 60-90º angle with its dive brakes extended to control its speed and increase bombing accuracy. When the aircraft was about 450m (1,500 ft) above the target, the pilot released the bomb and initiated the automatic pull-out mechanism. This ensured the Stuka recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high g-forces. However, it soon became clear that the Stuka was no match against modern fighters, resulting in heavy losses. The Stuka relics belonged to one of the 17 dive bombers lost on the 18th August 1940 on an attack on Thorney Island, south of Chichester. In just six days of combat, from 12 to 18 August, forty-one Ju 87s had been destroyed, forcing Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring to withdraw the aircraft from the Battle.

Size board: 50 x 34 cm (19 5/9 x 13 3/8 inches)
Weight: 2265 g